[caption id="attachment_10616" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Kristen Egerdahl works on a patient at the temporary GDR clinic in Kathmandu."]
Clayton State University graduate Kristen Egerdahl recently returned from Kathmandu, Nepal after participating in a humanitarian dental clinic organized by Global Dental Relief, a charitable organization that has brought dental care to children in Nepal since 2000.
Egerdahl, who has worked in the office of Dr. Tommy Turkiewicz in Peachtree City since 2003, was one of 20 volunteers – four dentists, three hygienists, and three laypeople, who served in a converted classroom in Kathmandu for a week. In all, the Global Dental Relief team, assisted by local students who also received on-site training, served more than 1000 children, many of whom had never before received dental care. Each child received an exam, cleanings, and restorations and extractions, as needed. Egerdahl personally treated more than 100 patients, providing comprehensive cleanings.
Although this was Egerdahl’s first international volunteer experience, she is also a volunteer at the Fayette Care Clinic. Originally from Fulton County, Egerdahl currently reside in Newnan with her two sons, ages 16 and 13. She graduated from Clayton State with an A.S.D.H. degree in 1996.
Global Dental Relief (GDR) was established in 2000 to provide free dental care and oral health education to impoverished children and families in Nepal, northern India, Vietnam and Guatemala. Since 2001, GDR has hosted more than 750 volunteers and treated 57,000 children. For more information, go to www.globaldentalrelief.org.